Sister Adelaide's Story

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Sister Adelaide Ortegel died on Dec. 13, 2017, in Mother Theodore Hall, St. Mary-of-the-Woods. She was born on June 12, 1928, in Chicago, Ill., to Ralph A. and Alfhild Rustad Ortegel, and was baptized Adelaide Blanche.
Sister Adelaide entered the Congregation of the Sisters of Providence on July 19, 1946, and professed Final Vows on Jan. 23, 1954. She earned a bachelor's degree from Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College and a master's degree from the University of Illinois. In her 71 years as a Sister of Providence, she ministered in art education for 45 years in schools in Indiana, Illinois, Oklahoma and Massachusetts. She gave two years of service at a high school in Antigua, West Indies, 1997-99. She was administrator for the Center for Contemporary Celebration in the Chicago area for five years.
A gifted artist, Sister Adelaide was also a puppeteer, a mime and a clown. Some of her paintings may be seen at the Motherhouse as well as on the walls of houses and sponsored institutions of the Sisters of Providence. Her elaborate puppets were part of an exhibit of Sister of Providence art at the Swope Art Museum in 2015. Sister also authored several books on the integration of the arts with worship.
In 2011, she retired to the Motherhouse. She continued to paint and occasionally put on a puppet show. Beginning in 2015, she dedicated herself totally to the ministry of prayer.
She is survived by a sister, Carol Ulbert, of DesPlaines, Ill. The wake is from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 27, in the Church of the Immaculate Conception, with the Wake Service at 4:30 p.m. The mass of Christian burial is at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 28, with the Rev. Daniel R. Hopcus presiding. Burial is in the cemetery of the Sisters of Providence. DeBaun Funeral Homes and Crematory assisted with arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to the Sisters of Providence, 1 Sisters of Providence, St. Mary-of-the-Woods, IN 47876.
Published on December 20, 2017
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